Free Exercise of Religion? No Thanks by Christopher Hitchens

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Christopher Hitchens was a leading controversial writer of his time (20th-21st century) who wrote several articles on subjects such as religion, literature, art, politics and war. (Hitchens, Christopher) In the article “Free Exercise Of religion? No Thanks”, the writer proposes a question and then proceeds to answer it, thus stating his opinion. The topic itself highlights the writer’s stance on the issue as it shows that he is against the idea of “free exercise”(Hitchens, 1) of religion. Hitchens has used the view of the majority, sarcasm, vivid imagery, pathos and sarcasm to back his claim and appeal to his audience to see his point of view. However, despite its strengths, Hitchens condescending attitude combined with some illogical …show more content…
In addition, Hitchens has also warned his readers about the consequences that will eventually follow if the freedom to practice one’s religion is not restricted.
The writer uses the strategy of sharing the view point of the general public in order to convince his audience to come round to his point of view. In the article, Hitchens mentions how the “Gov. Mitt Romey had to assure voters that he did not regard the prophet, or head of the Mormon Church, as having ultimate moral and spiritual authority on all matters. Nothing, he swore could override the US constitution” (Hitchens, 1). To mention Romney’s audience’s reaction and the fact that they needed convincing in the first place is Hitchens clever strategy of convincing his readers’ audience that he is not the only one who is against the idea of free religion and thus makes it easier for the audience to accept his point of view. The author mentions the Vatican City to further illustrate his point. Hitchens describes how “appalled”(2) the “lay Catholics”(2) were when the Vatican City protected those people who were “sought for questioning in one of the gravest of all crimes: the organized rape of children” (2). This implies that the author is trying to convince the readers about his point of view by appealing to their moral senses and also showing them the view of the majority. Hitches’ use of sarcasm also serves his purpose as it highlights his stance on the idea of the exercise of

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